Wedding favours your guests will actually want
Wedding favours are the new way to make your wedding unique. Over the years I have seen some weird and wonderful wedding favours with each bride trying to out do the last. They are a great way to tie everything together and they can reflect your theme, your chosen colours and your personalities but I’m sorry to have to tell you this, anything you have seen on Pinterest is not unique. Everyone is doing it. Rather than thinking about being different and making your favours the thing that makes your wedding stand out, perhaps you should be thinking ‘Is this something that my guests want or am I wasting my money?’ There is nothing worse at the end of the night than clearing away favours, essentially gifts for guests, that have been left behind. So what are the wedding favours your guests actually want?
- Food! Traditionally wedding favours were those really hard and in my opinion, not particularly nice tasting sugared almonds. You don’t need to move away from the traditional, chocolates and sweets can be presented in unusual boxes and packages but why not go for something a little different, personalised fortune cookies or macarons, cookies in bags that say ‘midnight snack’. The big brands are getting in on the act with Nutella, Heinz and Krispy Kreme all providing wedding favours, but you can do something a little more personalised by finding small local suppliers who will be able to provide you with jars of jam or honey. Whatever you choose, if you go with food I promise, it doesn’t go to waste.
- Plants. Succulents are really big right now and even I can keep them alive, well, just. Personalised packs of flower seeds with messages for your guests are also proving very popular. You could kill two birds with one stone and have small individual flower arrangements in the centre of the tables as a centerpiece but enough so everyone has one to take home.
- Music. A wedding I attended last year had CD ‘mix tapes’ for the guests with music that meant a lot of the bride and groom and sparked memories for their family and friends. Of course I realised I had nothing to play it on when I got home but I loved the idea.
- Charitry. Some couples are starting to move away from favours guests take away and are ‘giving back’, so giving to charities on behalf of your guest and having ribbons, pins, bands or bespoke place cards could be a way of making your wedding unique to you by donating to a charity close to your hearts. There are many charities that do small badges and pins and it’s a great way to recognize a cause you care about.
- Alcohol! It’s always a winner (just make sure you have something else for the kids!). Infused gins and vodkas are very popular and you don’t have to break the bank. At a recent wedding fayre we found that these were the most popular thing we had on offer. Not only did we have berry gin, but we also had alcoholic sweets that were popular not just with the couples, other suppliers were trying to buy our display!
I have mentioned before about creating a cocktail for your wedding day, this doesn’t just have to be in a drink that you serve at the bar, but could be a little bottle that your guests get to take away.
- When thinking about wedding favours your guests will actually want, don’t forget something for the kids. Lego is great. It keeps kids entertained and hopefully will stop them from running circles around the dinner table. Little brides and grooms are perfect and if you buy them from Lego, they come with a little altar and flowers. Very cute. Although Lego could end up being the entertainment for the Dads with the kids not getting a look in but whatever you get for the kids, make sure they get the same. No one wants to see the tantrums variety can cause. Trust me, I have three children and it’s not a pretty sight!
Whatever you decide when it comes to wedding favours remember that if you are not artistic or don’t have the time, don’t DIY it. With DIY you have to pick your battles as it will add to your stress and could cost you money in the long run. Get people involved, have a make it night or get someone to do them for you. Although those ‘nailed it’ photos could be just the thing to make your wedding unique!